Butternut Squash-Walnut Ravioli

I won’t lie, this recipe takes a lot of work and patience. But it is also a wonderful way to enjoy fall.  Squash and sage, wrapped in warm pasta…with a hint of contrasting texture from the crunchy walnut…perfect on a cool evening.  Roasting the squash is necessary in order to puree it, but it also

Toasted Italian Subs with Homemade Bread

After weeks of boring sandwiches consisting only of a thin layer of meat and cheese on dry, boring bread, it was time for a change. The homemade bread and the fresh basil are the most important parts of this sandwich.  Maybe also the banana peppers.  And salami.  Ok, it’s really the combination of all the

Banana-Coconut Blueberry Muffins | Attempt II

The flavour of these are amazing.  They are so moist and have an abundance of juicy blueberries in them. However, I seem to have lost some of the “muffin” quality.  Despite reducing the amount of yogurt,  somehow these were still extremely moist.  So moist that I could not safely store them on the counter, because

Peach Salsa and Fish Tacos

Peach salsa. I finally made it! Too bad the peaches were not quite ripe enough yet.  Otherwise, it was all delicious.  I bought and used a fresh jalapeno pepper for the first time…and even splurged on fresh cilantro.  (The poor college kid in me is still alive and thriving, despite finally being graduated and having

Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

I now consider this recipe a success. The first time around, the muffins were good…but rather dense and heavy. To improve the fluffiness of the muffin, I used greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt (which reduced the amount of liquid in the batter) and omitted the milk altogether.  I also whipped the egg whites and

Homemade Sushi: Date Night

A little while ago, when my family came to visit, I enlisted my brother’s help to gather supplies for a surprise for my husband. Since my brother spend a semester abroad in Japan, and has made sushi several times before, I asked him to take me to a local international market to gather supplies so

Re-upholstering Kitchen Chairs

We have a lovely little cherry kitchen table, that I inherited from my grandma.  There was only one thing wrong with it: the seat covers were made of a horrible material. I think it was microsuede or whatever, but whatever it was made of easily matted down and latched on to every single crumb and

Steamed Veggie Quesadilla with Basil Aioli

I tend to have little patience for roasting vegetables.  I love roasted vegetables, but I never seem to be patient enough to get them quiiiite done enough. I have found the solution.  Cover them with aluminum foil, and they will never be too hard again!  If you want crispiness, just remove the aluminum foil before

Recipe-in-Progress: Banana-Coconut Blueberry Muffins

Fresh blueberries are everywhere, and I cannot resist them. Truthfully, I can hardly resist any fresh fruit.  But let’s focus on blueberries right now.  I had not had a blueberry muffin in a very long time, and I was in the baking mood again.  As usual, I wanted a slightly healthier blueberry muffin (because who

The Family Visits!

Last week, my family came to visit! They arrived Sunday afternoon, and we spent most of the afternoon relaxing and catching up.  For dinner, I pulled out my lovely, lovely new find: Two days before my family arrived, I found a 3-piece pasta attachment set for my KitchenAid stand mixer…for $30.  Yes, $30.  Typically it

Spinach-Feta Spaghetti Bake

Chicken parmesan can be so delicious…and so… not healthy. But I knew my husband loves spaghetti, and the idea of simple, comforting chicken parmesan sounded appealing to me.  I decided to change up the flavours and try to make it slightly less unhealthy in this recipe. First, there is actually very little parmesan cheese.  But

Recipe-in-Progress: Honey-Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Sitting in the kitchen, staring at some lemons, too exhausted to do much else, I wondered what I should do with my day off.  Sleeping all day sounded good, but not very reasonable. Then I realized: I have 2 fresh lemons.  Why not make something special with them?  Even better, I also had poppy seeds,

Wedding Part I | The Wedding Cake

I decided to make my wedding cake, long before I became officially engaged.  Some girls dream about their giant, poofy wedding dress as soon as they are old enough to know what a dress is, but I was much more interested in planning the food aspect of the wedding. As I have mentioned several times,

Tahini-Miso Slaw

Sometimes you need some help coming up with ideas. I love salads that are packed with vegetables, but sometimes I get stuck in the typical lettuce-cucumber-tomato salad base rut. This recipe proved to be interesting–the cranberries seemed maybe a little toooo interesting.  I did not have any dried cranberries on hand, so I did not

Almond-Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {Grain-Free}

Is a grain-free diet healthier than grain-full(?) diet? No clue.  But it sure can be tasty! I used this recipe as a guideline.  Really, ingredient-wise I made minimal changes (I decreased the brown sugar and coconut oil, but barely), but I made HUGE changes to the methods.  Honestly, I did so because I did not

Peanut Thai Salad

Crunch, crunch, crunch. You won’t be able to hear much more than that while you eat this salad, but it hardly matters.  It is so delicious that you cannot focus on anything other than the tangy-yet-faintly-sweet-with-a-touch-of-tartness of the peanut dressing.  Want to add a little more crunch?  Add a handful of peanuts. The dressing doesn’t

Apple and Wheat Berry Salad

Doesn’t this salad look interesting and delicious? I thought so. However, I cannot follow recipes, it seems. I did not have pumpkin seeds…but I had sunflower kernels!  Same thing, right? Also, instead of quinoa, I decided to something else that I had splurged on just a few days before: wheat berries.  I first heard of

Toasted Coconut, Chocolate, and Apricot Granola Bars

This is rather similar to the Apricot-Pistachio Granola that I made several months ago. This time, I wanted to make bars instead of loose granola.  Also, I decided to up the coconut flavour and substitute in chocolate instead of pistachios.  (Substituting in chocolate is ALWAYS a great idea, right?) Um, for as much guessing as

Chocolate Mousse Brownies {No Added-Sugar}

I had been intending to make this recipe for over a year. I could not find date paste.  After staring at the almond butters and coconut oils for a very long time, willing them to turn into date paste, an employee asked if she could help me.  Turned out she couldn’t.  No date paste.  And

Sun-dried Tomato and Balsamic Chicken Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes add so much to a dish. Sure, they’re rather ugly and shriveled sometimes, so they don’t add much in the way of beauty, but they make up for it in flavour. I’ve mentioned (several times, I think) my love for balsamic vinegar.  So why not put them together?  And while we’re at it,